Elijah means “Yahweh is my God”
Factors that led to spread of idolatry in Israel
The Israelites were not supposed to:
The following contributed to this:
A. The local Canaanite religion
The Canaanite religion had the following features/ qualities;
It was predominantly a nature religion related to forces of nature e.g. rain and drought. They were a means of maintaining the ordered harmony of nature and the life of the community/it was cyclic they repeated seasons.
It was polytheistic/ comprised of many gods and goddesses’ e.g.
Influence of the local Canaanite Religion
B. The religious schism between Judah and Israel
Ways in which King Jeroboam contributed to religious schism between Judah and Israel. 1Kings 12:25 – 33
C. King Ahab’s marriage with a Phoenician princess (I Kings 16:29 – 34)
The third factor that led to idolatry in Israel was Ahab’s marriage to Queen Jezebel who promoted idolatry in the following ways:
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